ATLANTA (Ticker) --
looked ready for the playoffs as the
, 2-1, to become the first team this season to win 90 games.
Hampton (13-7) allowed an unearned run and four hits in eight innings for his 10th win in his last 13 starts. The lefthander struck out four and walked three.
"This is a joy," Hampton said. "It's just fun to come to the ballpark. The attitude is always good here whether we win or lose."
Hampton improved to 10-3 in his career against the Pirates, including six straight wins since 1999.
"Hampton's been good for a long time," Braves manager
The Pirates' only run came in the first inning.
led off with a grounder to first base that
misplayed for an error. After
singled to center field to move Redman to third.
then drove in the run with an infield hit.
"He was working in and out," Sanders said of Hampton. "He kept the ball down. He kept the hitters off balance and that's all he needed."
Hampton avoided further damage by getting
to hit into a double play and allowed only two hits over the next seven innings.
, Hampton's batterymate, provided all of Atlanta's offense with an RBI double in the fourth and his 37th homer in the seventh. Lopez already has set a career high in homers and is 16 RBI away from matching his career-best mark of 106.
"Triple digits in RBI is always good," Lopez said. "At this point it would be very awesome if I could reach it."
(7-8) deserved a better fate, pitching his first complete game of the season. The righthander allowed two runs and eight hits while walking one and striking out three.
"I was trying to feed off the good things (Hampton) was doing, trying to keep our guys off the field as much as possible," Wells said. "I've only had one (other) complete game."
recorded his first career save with a perfect ninth inning. Cunnane has a 1.46 ERA in his last 11 outings and has filled in for
, who is on the disabled list.
"He's done a fantastic job filling in for (
)," Cox said. "I'm really happy. We discovered a gem there. He's been a great find for us."
Cunnane, who has also pitched for the Padres, Brewers and Cubs, had his best season in 2000, when he was 1-1 with a 4.23 ERA in 27 games for San Diego.